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elect

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adjective \i-ˈlekt\

Definition of elect

  1. 1 :  carefully selected :  chosen

  2. 2 :  chosen for salvation through divine mercy

  3. 3a :  chosen for office or position but not yet installed the president-electb :  chosen for marriage at some future time the bride-elect

Examples of elect in a sentence

  1. this elect body of students represents the best that the nation's high schools have to offer

Origin and Etymology of elect

Middle English, from Latin electus, past participle of eligere to select, from e- + legere to choose — more at legend


First Known Use: 15th century


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elect

noun

Definition of elect

plural

elect

  1. 1 :  one chosen or set apart (as by divine favor)

  2. 2 elects plural :  a select or exclusive group of people

Examples of elect in a sentence

  1. the members of this all-American team are the elect of collegiate football

15th Century

First Known Use of elect

15th century


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elect

verb

Definition of elect

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to select by vote for an office, position, or membership elected her class president

  3. 2 :  to make a selection of will elect an academic program

  4. 3 :  to choose (something, such as a course of action) especially by preference might elect to sell the business

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make a selection

Examples of elect in a sentence

  1. He hopes to be elected to the committee.

  2. I've elected to study French as my foreign language.

Origin and Etymology of elect

Middle English, from Latin electus


First Known Use: 15th century



ELECT Defined for English Language Learners

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elect

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adjective \i-ˈlekt\

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : having been elected : chosen for a public office but not yet holding that office


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elect

noun

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : people who belong to a special group and have privileges that other people do not have


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elect

verb

Definition of elect for English Language Learners

  • : to select (someone) for a position, job, etc., by voting

  • : to choose to do (something)


ELECT Defined for Kids

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elect

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verb \i-ˈlekt\

Definition of elect for Students

elected

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electing

  1. 1 :  to select by vote elect a senator

  2. 2 :  to make a choice The team elected to kick off.


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elect

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adjective

Definition of elect for Students

  1. :  chosen for office but not yet holding office the president-elect


Law Dictionary

elect

transitive verb

Legal Definition of elect

  1. 1 :  to select by vote for an office, position, or membership

  2. 2 :  to make a selection of elected her statutory share over the gift under the will

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to choose an elective share the right of a spouse to elect against the will



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